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Friday, February 18, 2022
Ige Nominates Five to BLNR
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 1000 Views :: Land Use

... Wesley “Kaiwi” Yoon, Doreen Canto, Aimee Keli‘i Barnes, Karen Ono, Riley Smith ....

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Thursday, February 17, 2022
SB2916: Prohibit Governor from Suspending UIPA During 'Emergency'
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:27 PM :: 719 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

... SB2916 would prohibit the governor or mayor from suspending requests for public records or vital statistics during a declared state of emergency ....

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Thursday, February 17, 2022
SB2282: Allow Nurses to Abort Babies Up to Viability
By Selected News Articles @ 4:06 PM :: 736 Views :: Health Care, Life

... Barely a year after Hawaii began allowing nurses to abort first-trimester unborn babies, state lawmakers already are moving forward with legislation to allow nurses to do even more dangerous second-trimester abortions ....

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Thursday, February 17, 2022
Bribery: Saiki Reopens Capitol without Telling Senate, Creates 'Commission' to Stall Reform Until Next Session
By News Release @ 1:10 AM :: 1520 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The House is re-opening the State Capitol to the public beginning March 7, 2022. House members, House staff, and the public will be required to adhere to the state vaccination policy to enter the State Capitol ....

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Change in Long-Term Care Costs in Hawaii Mixed
By News Release @ 11:32 PM :: 991 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... in Hawaii the increase in the cost for assisted living facility care surpassed the national trend while the increase in costs for home care services was less than what was seen nationally ....

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Waipahu HS Team Wins Hawaii Lifesmarts Competition
By News Release @ 11:13 PM :: 789 Views :: Education K-12

... The game-show style competition tests students on their knowledge of personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities through an individual test, “speed smarts” activity, and game-show style buzzer rounds ....

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Former Hawaii State Legislators Plead Guilty to Honest Services Wire Fraud
By News Release @ 12:18 PM :: 1367 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Each defendant faces maximum penalties of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 at their sentencings, which are set before Judge Mollway on July 5, 2022 ....

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Hawaii Towns Ranked for Money Management
By Selected News Articles @ 5:03 PM :: 768 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... 16 Hawaii towns compared ....

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 3:30 AM :: 775 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

... Upcoming Legislative Deadlines ....

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Maunakea telescope to be decommissioned this summer
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 838 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... CSO is one of two Maunakea telescopes currently in the final stages of the decommissioning process, established in the Maunakea Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP). The UH Hilo Hōkū Kea Telescope is on track to be decommissioned in 2023 .... 

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Tax Hikes at the 2022 Legislature; Why the Push to Increase Hawaii Taxes
By Video @ 2:59 AM :: 801 Views :: Taxes

... Hawaii legislators are aiming to increase taxes on fuels, property and capital gains, but that might be more trouble than it’s worth ....

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Monday, February 14, 2022
More sunshine would help combat corruption in Hawaii Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:14 AM :: 837 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... At times, it’s nearly impossible to know exactly why a bill was killed or who was for or against it. Such things happen behind the scenes ....

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Monday, February 14, 2022
HB2278 Carbon Tax Fails to Change Environment
By Heartland Foundation @ 3:05 AM :: 744 Views :: Energy, Environment, Taxes

... carbon-dioxide taxes are inherently regressive and disproportionally harm low-income families ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
DHHL, Spend Your Money!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 989 Views :: DHHL

... It’s 2022, and the agency is still working on 2014 and 2015 money ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
Audio: Grassroot Debates Living Wage Hawaii
By Audio @ 4:28 AM :: 969 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... Hawaii Public Radio considered the question, with Jensen Ahokovi of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii contending such an increase would likely cause more harm than good.  Also on the program was Nate Hix, director of Living Wage Hawaii; HPR’s Catherine Cruz was host and moderator ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
The Legislature is still in session, and your property still is not safe
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:22 AM :: 1271 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

... How many ways can our state legislators make life more miserable for us? ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
HB1919: No GE Tax on Food, Medical Care and Feminine Hygiene Products
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:07 AM :: 1078 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

... the regressive general excise tax is one of the reasons for Hawaii’s high cost of living ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
HB2026: Ease Interstate EMT hiring
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:59 AM :: 1088 Views :: Health Care, Military

... SB2026 would enter Hawaii into the Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
SB2441: $58M Liquor Tax Hike
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 AM :: 891 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... A tax hike on alcoholic drinks would be another burden on an industry that has suffered greatly over the past two years ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
America’s Rising Housing Prices
By Selected News Articles @ 3:27 AM :: 1112 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... In 1961, Hawaii became the first state in the nation to pass a growth-management law. ...

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Saturday, February 12, 2022
Feds Doing the Job the State Won't Do: Waianae Man Sentenced to Over 11 Years in Prison for Robbery and Attempted Carjacking
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 1258 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement

... This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts ....

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Saturday, February 12, 2022
Kahele, Case Introduce Legislation To Permanently Shut Down Red Hill
By Ed Case @ 2:18 PM :: 1112 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Congressional Delegation, Military

... Companion legislation is being introduced in the Senate by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
Three Navatek Execs Indicted for Unlawful Campaign Contributions
By News Release @ 5:34 AM :: 1341 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Military

... According to the indictment, Martin Kao, 48, Clifford Chen, 48, and Lawrence “Kahele” Lum Kee, 52, all of Honolulu, were employed by a defense contractor prohibited from making contributions in federal elections ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
HB1507: ‘Tax fairness’ really means tax increase
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:33 AM :: 892 Views :: Taxes

... capital gains shall be taxed “at the highest marginal rate applicable to the taxpayer’s filing status and tax bracket.” ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
HB2278 Carbon Tax $42.24 a Barrel
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:18 AM :: 993 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

... This bill is a continuation of the policy of social-planning-via-taxation that has helped make Hawaii one of the most expensive states in the nation ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
SB3089 lacks legislative check on governor’s emergency powers
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:03 AM :: 887 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... SB3089 would amend the state’s emergency-management statute ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
SB2697 provides best pathway for cryptocurrency in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:50 AM :: 787 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... SB3076 would encumber cryptocurrency, not liberate it ... Digital currency bill SB3025 better than SB3076, but still a rat’s nest ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
HB2028 Would Legalize Limited Raw Milk Sales
By Selected News Articles @ 4:21 AM :: 1373 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, Small Business

... Sales would be limited to farms or facilities with no more than 2 milk-bearing cows ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
SB2239 Senate Committee Passes Bill to Limit State Participation in Federal Programs to Militarize Police
By Selected News Articles @ 4:11 AM :: 881 Views :: Military, Police

... a bill that would ban state and local law enforcement agencies from acquiring certain military equipment from federal programs ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
HDOT reports 94 traffic-related deaths on Hawaii roads in 2021
By Toni Schwartz @ 1:34 AM :: 626 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... These figures are up from 2020 (85 fatalities), when nationwide traffic fatalities trended up, but down from the 108 fatalities recorded for 2019 ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
SHOPO: Honolulu Police Leadership Leaves Neighborhoods Unprotected
By News Release @ 1:20 AM :: 785 Views :: Honolulu County, Police

... many neighborhoods unprotected, without a single officer patrolling for the entire shift ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
Bum Feeding Operation to Vacate Chinatown
By News Release @ 1:16 AM :: 835 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

... The City and County of Honolulu and the River of Life Mission have reached an agreement to relocate its public feeding operation from its current location in Chinatown to several new hubs on O‘ahu ....

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Thursday, February 10, 2022
Naming Names: Who Will Cullen and English Rat Out?
By Andrew Walden @ 6:21 AM :: 4998 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

... In the federal system the little fish eats the big fish.  We've got a menu .... 

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Thursday, February 10, 2022
Hawaiian Electric hits 38% renewable energy in 2021
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 874 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

... Return of geothermal boosts Hawaii Island to 60% ....

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Who's Overpaying for Cars--16 Hawaii Towns Compared
By Selected News Articles @ 3:50 PM :: 846 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... auto-loan balances have grown ....

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Bills would force landlords to accept Section 8 Tenants
By Selected News Articles @ 3:36 PM :: 972 Views :: Homelessness, Small Business

... The Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness (HICH) is calling on the Legislature to make it illegal for landlords to discriminate against tenants who receive rental assistance ....

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Bribery Arrests: "Proof the system is rigged"
By News Release @ 2:55 PM :: 1210 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... how widespread this corruption is in our government ....

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Safe Travels: Ige Drops Planned Booster Shot Requirement
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 1160 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... booster shots will not be required for “up-to-date” vaccination status for individuals traveling to Hawai‘i ....

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Feds Bust Two Legislators in Cesspool Bribery Scheme
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 2299 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Rep Ty Cullen and former cocaine dealer J Kalani 'Powdernose' English arrested today ....

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022
​Here’s How Many People Quit Their Jobs in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:12 PM :: 1332 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... 16,000 people in Hawaii quit their jobs in November 2021, the most recent month of available data - a 45.5% increase from one year earlier ....

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Grand Wailea Lucrative Target of Next Birdlights Suit
By Court House News @ 2:59 PM :: 1049 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... Grand Wailea Resort isn't the only place on Maui with night lighting ....

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Maui Fentanyl Dealer Gets 15 Years
By News Release @ 3:54 AM :: 1065 Views :: Maui County, Drugs

... the four lbs of fentanyl was being transported to Dayton, Ohio on December 10, 2014 by a drug trafficking organization operating on Maui and in Northern California ....

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Monday, February 7, 2022
$500M Red Hill Funding on the Move in Congress
By News Release @ 9:05 PM :: 1035 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... a Senate bill includes $100M and a separate House bill includes $403M ....

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Monday, February 7, 2022
Hawaii Carbon Tax Would be Major Burden for Families, Small Business
By Heartland Foundation @ 4:40 AM :: 1109 Views :: Energy, Environment, Taxes

... Regressive Gasoline Tax Would Top Out At $33.16 Per Barrel In 2035 ....

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Sunday, February 6, 2022
SB3182: Establish 1% Asset Tax on All Worldwide Holdings
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:03 PM :: 1074 Views :: Taxes

... In this proposal, “assets” refer to the “worldwide net worth” of the taxpayer and includes items such as stock, business interests, stock and collectibles, business funds and more ....

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Sunday, February 6, 2022
SB3250 would give Hawaii highest income tax rate in U.S.
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:53 PM :: 1073 Views :: Taxes

... Hawaii already has the third-highest level of economic flight per capita in the nation. ...

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Sunday, February 6, 2022
ALOHA Homes: Unintended Consequences
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:49 PM :: 925 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... the ALOHA homes program as currently envisioned in this bill would result in an expensive, nonsustainable government project that would fail to effectively assist those it is intended to help ....

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Sunday, February 6, 2022
​Hawaii Bill Would End Civil Asset Forfeiture, Opt State Out of Federal Program
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:40 PM :: 1090 Views :: Judiciary, Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement, Police

... The legislation would restrict asset forfeiture to felony cases and would require a criminal conviction before prosecutors could proceed with the process in most cases ....

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Sunday, February 6, 2022
Tax Hikes Still on the Table
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1004 Views :: Taxes

... Hold on to your wallet ....

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Sunday, February 6, 2022
Republican Legislative Session Update
By Brett Kulbis @ 2:30 AM :: 757 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... We are 17 days through the 31st Legislature. The "People's" building is still closed and it doesn't look like Senator Kouchi, Speaker Saiki or Governor Ige are interested in opening it up. ...

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